Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART

In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!

Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and  was bullied. Using my life changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Warwick Wealth, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  

To save children’s lives by inspiring them to get better, to teach them a skill, to create a passion and to raise funds and awareness for the CHILDRENS HOSPITAL TRUST and the Red Cross Hospital ICU as well as awareness for The Little Optimist Trust and its beneficiary Charities ( Children’s Hospital Trust, NSRI, Sharkspotters etc)

[MOVIE REVIEW] Recent Optimist Review

Dear Greg My twin daughters and I throughly enjoyed your movie night in the waterfront on Thursday night, what a blessing it was to sit in the open air and the smell of the ocean whilst watching you take on the big ocean with the little optimist. The one twin kept...

Reviews And More | V&A FREE Movie Night Shenanigans

What a wonderful, wonderful life..... and so it should be!  A beautiful evening at the movies at the Waterfront. Under the mountain and under the stars. Thank you Cape Town. See you at the Great Optimist Race on the 20th. A message we received from one of the moms -...

No, Thank You! NSRI & Knysna Yacht Club Event

What an event! Knysna Yacht Club really showed some support this past week and we were super thrilled to be here! Thanks Greg & The Little Optimist for one of the best motivational evenings I've ever attended. I had no idea what to expect - I only knew the bare...

[REVIEW] Ambleside School Talk

Hi there Cara Yes! Rave reviews all round! A big thank-you to Greg for coming to talk to us yesterday. We look forward to hearing from you in the 4th term. Kind regards...

Thank You

To Everybody at Little Optimist Trust, Spar SA, Spar Hout Bay, Xpression on Beach, the Bertish Family and Kommetjie Surf Thank you so much for your delightful and very generous donation of Easter Eggs and cool drinks. Your gift is much appreciated and was such a treat...

A Message To The Little Optimist 25/03/18

Hi Greg, We met briefly at Muizenburg beach on Sunday... You kindly gave me a copy of your book for my 6 year old son and I promised to send a donation I have just done so for the equivalent of 2 books (240) - wish I could spare more. Your work is amazing, I am so...

The Story Of Greg Bertish

At age 30, Greg Bertish was diagnosed with Endocarditis, which is caused from a bacteria that attacks the heart valves. Tests revealed that his heart was swollen 30% bigger than normal, and his aortic valve was destroyed and almost non-existent. He was rushed in for...

Donation to the The friends of the Children’s Hospital Association 09/03/2018

Dear Greg Thank you so much for your very generous donation of R11 200.00. Your gift is much appreciated and will be used for the benefit of the children hospitalised at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Donations are crucial for the work carried out at...

Kevin Langeree the Kite Surfing Champion pays The Little Optimist a visit at the Volvo Ocean Race

Kevin was So stoked to hook up and hang out with Greg Bertish and the Little Optimist. He too learned to sail in an Optimist, so they chatted about these amazing little boats and all they had learned while sailing them as kids. Kevin was so happy to receive a signed...

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The Little Optimist

REAL LIFE SURVIVORS, helping to inspire sick & marginalized kids and us all! Come and watch them race and have FUN in tiny The Little Optimist boats, all for charity and a new sailing academy. Sponsor your favorite survivor by donating and referencing their name - here:
Two Oceans Marine Ullman Sails Italtile Children's Hospital Trust Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital Cancer Dojo NSRI Station 26 Kommetjie NSRI Shark Spotters Two Oceans Aquarium Arno Carstens Josie Borain Ard Matthews Conn Bertish CapeTalk Kieno Kammies on CapeTalk Pick n Pay Newborns Trust Gravity Adventures Sealand Gear Caleb Swanepoel Achmat Sharkboy Hassiem Supporters Page Ian Klopper DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club - CSLC Zeekoevlei Yacht Club South African Sailing - SAS Optimist Sailing SA
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The Little Optimist

Finding Optimists!
Coming to a theatre near you soon.
#weskus Two Oceans Marine Ullman SailsUllman Sails South Africa Italtile Italtile Shark Spotters @ DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club - CSLC NSRI Newborns Trust Cancer Dojo Zeekoevlei Yacht Club South African Sailing - SAS Optimist Sailing SA
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